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Homemade Ornaments: Pinecone Gnomes

December 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I love making ornaments from found, natural materials. Cat-sitting for my crafty neighbor Jane last week, I spotted these little gnome ornaments she had made from the pinecones that fall on our neighborhood sidewalks, and asked if I could share them on The Tangled Nest. Jane’s gnomes were inspired by this this Better Homes and [...]

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Tags: craft, DIY, holidays, seasons, sewing, simple gifts

Create an Inspiring, Low-Budget Craft Room

March 17th, 2012 · 12 Comments

Ever since we moved into this house SEVEN years ago, I have intended to make a corner of the basement into a craft room, where I could keep all my supplies, spread out projects, and find inspiration.  But instead it turned into–well, if you have a basement you know exactly what it turned into–a Subterranean [...]

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Tags: craft, inspiration, sewing

A Mending Morning: Set up Your Sewing Basket

May 31st, 2011 · 11 Comments

I love hand-sewing, and I always have–ever since I was a little girl.  I also love mending.  It makes such good sense, imparts calm, gives you a pleasant sense of accomplishment, and is something nice to do for your family.  That said, it’s been a mystery why, these past few months, the family “to-mend” pile [...]

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Tags: craft, DIY, sewing

Pretty Patching: Giving Old Clothes New Life

February 28th, 2010 · 17 Comments

Even though I found them on the deep discount rack at REI, my Prana cargo pants were quite a splurge.  But in the spring of 2008 I was on my way to East Africa for two months, and the pants were so light weight, had a touch of spandex that made them perfect for everything [...]

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Tags: craft, sewing

Simple Winter Sewing Project: Hot Rice Bags

November 28th, 2009 · 61 Comments

Warm face, warm ‘ands, warm feet Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly? –Eliza Doolittle Cloth bags of heated grain are great for warming the bed or soothing sore muscles–much cozier than hot water bottles, and a nicer quality of heat.  I kept seeing them in boutique shops with shocking price tags, and whenever I asked what [...]

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Tags: craft, energy use, sewing, simple gifts

Simple Drawstring Gift Bag, and Sewing Encouragement

April 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Tom was raised in a little tiny town called Sackville, in the eastern maritime province of New Brunswick, Canada, where his father taught English at a small liberal arts college.  His mother frequented a shop there called “The Craft Gallery,” that featured local, handmade goods.  She’s given me several gifts from the shop over the [...]

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Tags: craft, sewing, waste reduction